Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (Ryan Homes)

On this Thanksgiving Eve I am pleased to bring you the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports focusing on single family home sales in our neighborhood. This report looks at the sales of houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. Let’s get right to it.

There were two Ryan homes that sold in Braemar during the months of September and October. The details of those sales are listed below.

You may be wondering, why is one sale in pink type? That is because it was my listing. On the surface you may also wonder, how does a home with a walk out basement sell for less than a home with no exit from the basement. If you take a look at 9528 Ballagan, you will notice that there was a lack of kitchen and bathroom updates. The hardwood floors were not in the greatest condition, but time was tight getting the home on the market as the sellers had already gone under contract on the home of their choice. Instead of cosmetic updates, the sellers did some deferred maintenance issues, including rebuilding a deck. By the time they hit the market, they had just three days to get their home under contract to remove their home sale contingency in their purchase contract. It got done and without having to complete any inspection repairs on their list side or give any seller subsidy, which the other sale gave. It was a success for the sellers. There are always buyers that will be able to see beyond basic, or outdated, finishes at the right price.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Ryan home sales in Braemar going back to November 2021, the year’s worth of sales data marches forward two months and the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month values are still above their corresponding twelve month values. However, compared to last report, the gap between the six month and twelve month sold prices is narrowing. This is something seen in the majority of single family home reports I have compiled for Braemar this reporting period. Buyer behavior has changed with rising mortgage interest rates. They are not acting in a frenzy. Multiple offers is no longer something you can expect. One buyer at a time is what most sellers are encountering. As a result, the growth in value by leaps and bounds has become much more steady, but hopefully, more sustainable.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) has increased in the six month average compared to last report, but decreased in the twelve month average when looking at last report. More importantly, with both the six and twelve month median values at zero means more than half of sellers in both time frames gave none. This is good news, as many agents and lenders are advising sellers to advertise seller subsidy to help with buying down the rate for a buyer’s mortgage. My professional opinion, as my sellers know well, is not to offer anything in seller subsidy. If a buyer needs it, they will ask. If they don’t need it, you will never know as you are giving it regardless if you offered.

Days on market, not surprisingly with buyer behavior changing, is creeping up compared to last report. While there are still not enough homes to meet buyer demand, we are still in a seller’s market. However, there are plenty of agents out there thinking we have entered a buyer’s market. That understanding on an agent’s behalf would result in lower offers on behalf of their buyers, or poor advice to their sellers, like lowering list price if their home hadn’t sold in five days.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect your home to be under contract in two weeks or so. Seller subsidy requests are certainly becoming more common, but every choice made about preparing your home for market, how to price and whether or not you hire a listing agent that believes in professional marketing, it is going to affect buyer enthusiasm. The more excited buyers are about your home in any market, the more likely you are to sell faster than your competitors and get terms that favor you.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. I do hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and the rest of our year end holidays, spending time with friends and family. And if a move looks like it is on your horizon, know that my business runs year round. Get in touch and set up your complementary consultation whenever the the need arises. In fact, the more time you have to plan listing projects the better. In other words, you can not contact me too early. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 
Associate Broker, Licensed in VA
Long & Foster Real Estate

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